Curriculum Guideline

Audio Techniques I

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 2311
Audio Techniques I
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
3 hrs. per week (36 hrs. per semester)
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction.

Course Description
This course introduces students to the basics of sound, wave theory and hearing and their relationship to theatre. The design, function, and interconnection of sound systems common to the performing arts will be studied.
Course Content
  1. Wave theory, sound terminology, and basic audio principles including hearing sound, pressure waves, frequency, intensity, reverberation, and acoustics.
  2. Role and responsibilities of the sound technician.
  3. Introduction to audio equipment in the Theatre including Microphones, Power Amps, Loud Speakers, Mixers, and ancillary Equipment.
  4. Set-up, connection, and running audio equipment.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. learn and demonstrate safe working procedures when using equipment, tools and materials common to sound in the theatre.
  2. become familiar with the basic principles of sound and acoustics.
  3. learn and demonstrate the set up and running of sound equipment required for playback and reinforcement.
  4. become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the sound technician.
  5. develop a vocabulary of sound terminology.
Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and the ability to meet deadlines.

Sound Set-ups (Practical Lab work) 2x10%=20%
Professionalism 5 indicators at 2%= 10%
Cue Sheets 30%
Written tests 2x20% = 40%
Total 100%
Textbook Materials

Carter, Paul Douglas. Backstage Handbook. 3rd ed. Shelter Island, NY: Broadway Press, 1994.


Acceptance to the SET Program or permission of the SET Program Coordinator.

Which Prerequisite